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Old 12-07-2012, 07:09 AM   #11
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OMG, those were the days. I had a '86 Civic Si and it did nearly as well as long as there wasn't a strong headwind on the highway, and I keep the tach away from the redline....which was difficult. :-) The economy cars back then were small and light, like I wish they were today.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:39 AM   #12
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I had a '91 Si Hatch. Gas mileage was not a primary intent.

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Old 12-07-2012, 08:02 AM   #13
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I liked my '86 so much, I bought a '91....but it was stock. If memory serves, it got mid-40's on the highway.



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Old 12-07-2012, 10:56 AM   #14
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Weight was a huuuuuge factor in why these mid 80s early 90s cars got such great gas mileage.

Even a simple car like a focus weights +3000lbs these days.

Even American cars did better before all the extra weight from all these emissions and safety features.

I had a '92 Quad 4 grand am that I beat the living piss out of that still got 35mpg.

Just different times.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:06 PM   #15
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I get mid 40s on a regular basis and I am NOT an eco-conscious driver.
Same. I get over 30 in town and I drive the piss out of my car. It's awesome compared to the truck that gets maybe 14 highway.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:00 PM   #16
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Gonna have to call BS on that one, especially the mid 50s part.

Fuelly data: http://www.fuelly.com/car/chevrolet/cobalt/2006

Your mileage on the Focus should improve after the break in period though. Give it a few thousand.
Mid 50's were in a very hilly area actually and normally done at night with a just waxed car on a normal 30 mile trip I take. But i really don't see how answers any questions beyond the break in.
I mean yeah how i drive is the biggest effective contributor to mpg. but even to use the fuely website as a reference would leave you with the fact that it gives the 2006 cobalt a higher mpg than the 2013 focus. I mean realistically i think its in the gearing at this point. cobalt does 5th at 40 mph, while the focus can go into fifth much earlier. The gearing allows it to run at 2.5k rpm at 65, while in the focus the rpms are well above that(anything above 500 rpm means its using more gas).
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:05 PM   #17
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Excuse me, do you talk about UK mpg ? Because I don't believe anything about 50' unless you are talking UK mpg. And even then, I doubt a Cobalt has beter mpg than a TDi of same type. And I have not yet found a gasoline car doing 50 mpg (US mpg).
The Focus will do mid 50's all day long, as long as you keep it at a constant 45 mph.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:12 PM   #18
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My grandad's CRX is still going strong > 200,000 miles and it still gets 45-50MPG.

He used to lend it to me when I was 15 (don't think he knew I didn't have a license yet).

Such and awesome car.

On topic:
I get 36-38 in my focus routinely (mostly highway).
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:18 PM   #19
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I guess I'll start ripping out interior to up it
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